The Teacher Behind the Viral Adele Parody

Yesterday, we posted this video of 3rd grade teacher Mary Morris, from Strawberry Plains, TN, doing a parody of Adele’s “Hello.” Morris’ parody is called “Snow,” and it’s all about the joy of having a snow day (a joy for both teachers and students!)

Morris’ video is going viral with many of our readers sharing, commenting and totally relating to her lyrics. We wanted to know more about Mary and how she came to create this parody.

It all started a few weeks ago when she wrote and performed “Snow” for her fellow teachers after an in-service one day.

“I’ve written a song at least once a year over the last four years.  The first one was for the teachers.  It was a stressful time for TN teachers, and I knew we all needed to laugh about testing and evaluations to keep from crying.  After that, I was asked by my principal to write a song about TCAPs.  I’ve now done that the last 3 years. The more I listened to ‘Hello,’ I knew it would be a perfect parody song. I enjoy singing her songs, and I knew it would be funny to turn a serious song into something not so serious.  The idea of writing about snow came to me one afternoon on my way home, and then I wrote it that night.” she said.

She uploaded a video of her school performance and it’s been viewed over 500,000 times.

Morris now has a full-fledged music video for “Snow”, which has over 200,000 views on YouTube in just a day.

mary morris 4If you’ve watched the video, one of the first things you’ll notice is that Morris has a great voice (and Adele songs are not easy to pull of), so we wanted to know if she ever wanted to be a professional singer.

“I don’t know that I would say it’s been my dream to be a professional singer, but I do love it! If I ever did something professionally,  I would likely try to do something in the realm of Christian music. For right now I enjoy singing at church and in local theatre productions. I feel called to be a teacher, and that’s what I always wanted to be.  But, I continue to look to the Lord for guidance in the future,” she said.

As far as her students go—they think she’s famous and they love the song, Morris says.

“A student said (in regards to the inside recess, lose my mind line), Great, now everyone will know how bad we are!’  They crack me up.”

Morris says she’ll continue to write songs and she might create more music videos. We’ll just have to follow her on YouTube to find out!

Watch the Video Here




  1. wow……I liked it ,,it was funny and this lady can sing, also I love Adele. would love to see and hear more from this teacher.

  2. Great job, beautiful voice! I’m impressed that you have the courage to tell your interviewer and the world, that you use your voice to serve the Lord! Kudos to you for the song, the video, and most of all your willingness to share your testimony! Best to you, CMc

  3. I have 4 children and I continue to sat that it takes a special person to be a school teacher. I am glad that we still do have special people like Mary to teach our children. MARY,thanks for being a teacher! You are appreciated! God bless you!

  4. Love love love! This teacher is incredible. I bet Adelewill really enjoy this! I believe this teacher should consider singing ! From Vburg ms

  5. Loved this! I taught all my life and retired 6years ago, but I STILL get up to hear snow days called! Best feeling in the world! Thanks!

  6. As a retired teacher, after 37 years in the classroom, I still love snow. The night before a storm was coming I would give my students a homework assignment to go home and do a snow dance in hopes of a day off.

  7. Neither she nor anyone else realizes how brilliant she truly is. Not just a matter of “imitating” Adele’s style and voice. She’s a writer with the ability to capture fully the emotions of most teachers who know the real deal. And to be able to replicate Adele’s phrasing is nigh impossible and she aced it. Honey, don’t put yourself in a hole with Christian music. Let it rip. Get out of teaching and get yourself a career!

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